A girl with Down syndrome who lives in Pennsylvania wanted to have a doll resembling her, that her mother has thought create the Dolls for Downs, a Down’s syndrome dolls that you just go on sale in may in the United States.
Toys are the most effective tools for promoting integration and respect for diversity, so I think it is a great idea, so I also think that one of the errors of plane is thinking that it is just a toy for children who suffer from this syndrome. For this reason, I ask: would you buy them?.
Many will think “Oh, how cute” but when you buy it in the toys, a doll of any other trade mark and a doll Down, what you choose? Do you doubt, you prefer life doll? Leave you your small to choose?.
The dolls have characteristic features of children with this syndrome: hands and chubby feet, short fingers, almond-shaped eyes, flattened nose and head shape and small flat on the back, and even some have a scar on the chest of open-heart surgery. They also incorporate accessories with velcro, buttons or snaps designed to help children develop their motor skills.
In Spain we also have them. Years ago, the brand Destoys created and launched for sale Baby Down, a doll with features of Down’s syndrome, which, according to the manufacturer, has been very well received. Honestly, I’ve never seen it in a toy store, would you?, but yes you can buy online, which implies that the action of purchase it is premeditated and intentional. You should go to look for it, is not easily found, and that doesn’t help too much normalization.
Why call them dolls ‘Down’?
Another point that Squeak is that you label with the name of disability that these people suffer from. If we want to normalize, Why do we label? Or perhaps we see dolls that “Autistic Baby” or “Baby ADHD” are called? (do not give ideas)
I understand that a marketing strategy that appeals to the “Down” feature to draw attention and motivate interest behind (myself so I made for holder the post), but well could be called ‘Baby Mary’ dry. Just as we teach our children that frames do not we call it “Down child”, but “Frames”. My youngest daughter (3 years) has a friend with this syndrome at school and don’t see it as a “different” child, plays with him as one child, because it is.
The dolls have no why reflect a perfect image, but the reality of what we see on the street. The ideal would be that children choose this doll because remind a friend with Down syndrome that plays at school, in the Park, or because it seems to you to be as cute as the ‘perfect’ dolls.
I sure it would buy it, more than anything by scatterbrain, because to tell the truth I do not see such a physical difference with ‘normal’ dolls. In fact, more than once I’ve seen dolls with very characteristic features and I wondered if they had been perhaps created with that intention without appealing to the business formula of ‘wrist Down’.
The question is to consciousness or by dismissal, no doubt it would buy Down’s syndrome dolls. I see it as an ideal opportunity to educate our children on the respect and the integration of people with disability, to teach them we all (dis) different capacities. Know and normalize is the first step. No tag, the second.
Back to the question that was at the beginning. If you had to choose a gift for a child, your nephew, or your own son (means that also for girl, niece or daughter, that is another, that are only dolls for girls, but it is topic for another post). Finally, when you buy a gift, would you buy a doll with Down syndrome?.